ABN - New research from travel intelligence firm ForwardKeys has found that Nairobi’s domestic air travel grew by 22% in the year 2017 to date, the highest such growth on the continent.
Nairobi’s closest competitors were the cities of Tunis and Addis Ababa, which grew by 14% and 9% respectively.
Therefore, Kenya’s capital is the only city in Africa where domestic air travel capacity is outgrowing its international capacity.
Nairobi’s airports have a total scheduled capacity of 18% in domestic flights, 31% in international flights and 51% capacity for intra-continental flights between now and the end of the year.
Overall, the region of East Africa enjoyed a strong growth of 14.3% since the beginning of the year.
"Comparing to the African performance per origin continent, East African Community (EAC) destinations were more appreciated by intra-African travellers while welcoming a better growth in Middle East arrivals," said the report.
Six new routes have been scheduled up to the end of 2017 for the EAC, with Nairobi undertaking four weekly flights to Oman at the end of the month, along with a new route from Yemen.